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November 7, 2017

Factors Associated With Increased US Health Care Spending: Implications for Controlling Health Care Costs

Author Affiliations
  • 1Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, Durham
JAMA. 2017;318(17):1657-1658. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.16802

In this issue of JAMA, Dieleman and colleagues1 report findings from their study in which they examined trends in US health care spending from 1996 to 2013. The authors evaluated the association between 5 factors—population growth, population aging, disease prevalence or incidence, service utilization, and service price and intensity of services—and health care spending over time and also analyzed trends overall and across major conditions. This report is a significant contribution to the literature because trends in health care spending over time, by major categories of spending, accounting for prevalence of disease, and across conditions have not been previously reported.